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VPN/RADIUS Authentication Overview

AuthLite has support for several arrangements of RADIUS authentication. Different situations you may encounter are described below.

  • Different RADIUS clients have different expectations about how the authentication will work

  • Different VPN tunnel types treat the password field differently

RADIUS for Username and OTP authentication (no password)

Many vendors, such as Citrix and Juniper, allow you to configure 2-factor authentication by setting up two separate authentication mechanisms. The first mechanism (usually Windows native, or LDAP) is used for the "normal" authentication to Active Directory of the username and password. The second mechanism is set to RADIUS, and pointed at an AuthLite-aware RADIUS service.

The RADIUS server will only receive the username and the OTP. In this setup, the bulk of your AD infrastructure need not even be AuthLite-aware, since the only OTP authentication point is the RADIUS service, and the other DC's just get standard username/password requests.

You can set up this configuration with IAS/NPS as your RADIUS service. Select "one factor" in the AuthLite IAS/NPS PAP settings.

RADIUS for authentication of OTP and password together

Some systems such as the Cisco VPN do not split up their authentication into two steps as above. You can use one RADIUS target to authenticate both factors at once, in several different configurations.

How credentials are entered

Constraints for different authentication scenarios

There are several considerations that will constrain which authentication strategy you can use:

  • If the VPN (or front end) server needs to do its own policy checking or logging based on the entered username, then you won't be able to use MS-CHAPv2 because the real username is not ever sent to the VPN (or front end) server. You'll have to choose one of the PAP modes.